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An Anthology of Dead Ends
Hydrahead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Thank god for Hyrdrahead Records. Thank god for Botch. For those who haven't heard of this band, climb out of your hole. I was fortunate enough to catch the second to last Botch show ever, and I will never forget it. That's right, the band no longer exists, a bummer that still saddens me as I write this review. For nearly 10 years Botch toured all over the world, bringing a unique sound to hardcore/metal that pretty much produced the noise of current bands you may or may not love. In case you can't follow me, Botch pretty much articulated and refined the whole technical metal riffs-coupled-with-indie-time-structures thing. Think Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce and Converge, and you'll find them in good company with Botch.

This is the last album Botch recorded. The level of aggression put forth on this release will not likely be topped for quite some time. This shit is loud, its brutal, its incredibly well-written, and its hard for me to put into words. Although only twenty-one minutes in length, each song brings a level of uniqueness which is getting more and more difficult to find in "heavy" bands these days. After a fifteen second opening track entitled "Spaim", "Japam" instantly kicks the record into high gear. An intense barrage of vocals and guitar-riffs which refuse to let up had my jaw on the floor within thirty seconds or so. One of many great things about this band is the way in which they can mix an intricate and repetitive guitar into an already complex background of tempo changes and breakdowns. After the second track, there are only two options left for the listener: turn the fucking music up or put on some headphones. An ideal situation would call for the combination of the two. If you close your eyes and allow yourself to zone out a bit, you will eventually be transformed away from home and find yourself at the club in which you last saw the band play. The space-like metal guitar effects begin to fade out of your consciousness and into the venue. Signature Botch strobe lights come on and you can't help but feel that the intensity of this release has somehow transformed you…

But anyway, back to reality for a final thought or two. Anyone who ever needed to release some aggression should without a doubt listen to and marvel at this current gift to rock music. That's right, even you, Rainer Maria fans. For those who need a short break in the action, Botch pieces together a slow, non-distorted, non-thunderous gem entitled "Afgamistam" that comes complete with piano, harmonic vocals, and violins. Dave Verellen's thunderous-roars are once again present for the EP's finale, "Micaragua". When the last Botch song ever concludes, you've had the shit beaten out of you. The beast got one last assault on you before goin' out. After listening to An Anthology of Dead Ends, you will never again doubt the emotion of an inspired hardcore band. "Botch is dead - long live Botch!"

Reviewed by Matt Bendett

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